SFMA Austin TX - Movement Assessment | Austin Preferred




Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a series of tests designed to assess patterns of movement related to musculoskeletal pain. SFMA identifies impairments related to regional interdependence while identifying relationships between pain in remote locations and the primary medical complaint. This diagnostic tool provides information which helps our healthcare providers identify the most efficient, effective course of treatment. Consequently, this tool could benefit the majority of physical medicine patients in some form.

SFMA examines the patient’s posturing, muscle performance, motor control and balance reaction through a series of movement patterns. The provider scores seven full-body movement tests before totaling up the numbers for objective results. The primary ranking factors include pain level, range of motion and stability. SFMA helps identify underlying conditions related to pain which could radiate throughout the body. These include:

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SFMA resonates with Austin Preferred’s approach, which centers around relieving pain while restoring health and functionality to the body. It is particularly useful to people suffering from chronic pain, athletes looking to optimize performance or those taking preventive measures. Furthermore, this tool can help our Chiropractic and Physical Therapy providers to design optimal plans of care for each individual patient. 

Call (512) 442-2727 for more information or to schedule an appointment at our South Austin clinic. We will be happy to answer any questions or potentially schedule a consultation, if necessary. Furthermore, you may refer to our Services and Conditions pages for more information on treatment at Austin Preferred.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Which patients stand to benefit the most from an SFMA evaluation?

A: Selective Functional Movement Assessment is especially useful for patients with conditions that have proven difficult to diagnose in the past. Moreover, it is also of use to people who may be suffering from multiple musculoskeletal conditions.

Q: Does health insurance cover SFMA testing?

A: Health insurance carriers do not yet recognize this diagnostic tool. Consequently, we currently only offer it at our self pay prices. 

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